i must have been the only woman that just wanted a baby and wasn't taking clomid just to have twins. anyone should be happy with just one.
jaydentd: if you don't know when to take the folic acid and prenatals, you might want to do a little more research before trying to get pregnant. you need to be taking those BEFORE you get pregnant. you won't even know it and if you only start taking it once you get a positive, everything that can have a defect will have already formed with a defect. so you need to make sure you're pumped up on those vitamins before.
second, if you aren't being monitored, you run the risk of losing your ovaries. the whole point of being monitored is that most doctors will do ultrasound to monitor the size of your ovaries and to check on follicle size and make sure you aren't forming any cysts. if you go into it blindly, you can really do harm to yourself. no you can't feel it and you won't even know if it worked. if you ovulate and don't get pregnant from the clomid and don't have the bloodwork done to see if it worked, you'll just up your dosage blindly and that is a bad thing.
i really can't stand hard headed people. "oh i'll be fine" and when you're in the hospital having your ovaries removed and saying goodbye to your dream of having a baby due to your own selfishness, then who would you blame?
but...i might as well tell you how my doctor had me take it. that way you can at least be taking it as a doctor might have prescribed instead of ignorantly and blindly taking it.
my doc started me on 50mg on cd5-9. taking it earlier than that works for some, but it also increases your chances of miscarriage due to follicles that were too small and not viable.
because clomid works differently for everyone, you'll need to purchase bulk amounts of ovulation test strips because there really is no set time to start testing for your lh surge. if you see that positive...well get busy lol. but if you don't, then you'll have to wait to see if your period starts, which it probably won't. it doesn't for a lot of women. i also have a thyroid problem and i wasn't ovulating and my doc had to give me a trigger shot to get me to ovulate the one good egg i had. anyway, just stating another reason you need a doctor for this. anyway, what do you plan on doing if you do get pregnant? women who take clomid a lot of times have to be put onto progesterone supplements because clomid can cause the lining of your uterus to be thin and unable to support a pregnancy and the progesterone helps thicken the lining. cheapo natural stuff from your nearest hippy shop won't cut it. it has to be the strong stuff that is prescribed. and my insurance is badass and i still had to pay $60 for about a month's supply.
in my opinion, if you can't afford the doctor bills or the insurance to help with it, you can't afford a baby just yet. i sound mean, but there has to be some thought process before you go to extremes to have a baby.
my side effects were hot flashes (let me tell you...they sucked), headaches, tummy pains (not as bad as i thought they'd be). you can take the clomid at night, though before bed and that helps with a lot of the symptoms.